Preview: Torpoint Athletic v Falmouth Town

Falmouth Town will look to get their Western League campaign back on track following a series of postponed matches when they visit Torpoint Athletic on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Three postponements throughout November means Town have played just four league matches since the start of October, with Andrew Westgarth’s side now having played the fewest (14) games in the division as a result.

Although their 2-1 win at home to Ashton & Backwell United last time out on November 19 was their only league outing during the month, Town still remain 13th in the Western League Premier Division. They are five points above Torpoint, who are level on points with bottom side Keynsham Town, but also just five points from ninth-placed Street.

Victory on Saturday could see them move above Ilfracombe Town and Ashton & Backwell into 11th, while 18th-placed Torpoint could rise three places to 15th if they take all three points.

A win for Town would be their first official away league triumph this season, after their 3-0 victory at Bitton was voided following the South Gloucestershire side’s resignation from the league. There would be a hint of irony to a Town win, as it would leave Torpoint as the only side yet to record an official away win this term.

Torpoint, who are led by Dean Cardew, are enjoying their first-ever Western League campaign following their glorious South West Peninsula League Premier East title-winning season last term, when the Point won 33 of their 38 games and scored 150 goals.

Much like fellow SWPL champions Falmouth, Torpoint have found the Western League a sterner challenge this season and have three wins to their name from the first 17 matches.

Torpoint have scored 40 goals in all competitions this season, with Curtis Damerell leading the way with 18 strikes in 22 games, while Callum Thompson is next with seven goals this term.

Westy’s words

“We’re not looking over our shoulders much as all of the teams below us seem to have played more games than us and lost more games than us, so it’s almost like despite not actually playing recently we’re still in a decent position. Hopefully we can just keep looking up but at the end of the day it’s down to us to keep winning games of football.

“I’m really looking forward to [visiting Torpoint]. Ficey [Torpoint assistant Ryan Fice] is a good friend of mine and I talk to him a lot, I speak to him most weeks so it’ll be great to see him. It’ll be good to gauge where we’re at because they’ll also be looking at it as a great opportunity to get some points.

“It’s almost a bit of a local derby now with the lack of Cornish sides in the league. They’ve had their struggles just like we have, and again we’re travelling away from home and it’s difficult away from home in this league – we’re still looking to get that monkey off our back.”

Last five games – Falmouth Town:
Nov 19: Falmouth Town 2-1 Ashton & Backwell United (League)
Nov 12: Laverstock & Ford 2-1 Falmouth Town (FA Vase)
Nov 9: Falmouth Town 0-2 Wendron United (Senior Cup)
Oct 29: Falmouth Town 2-2 Keynsham Town (League)
Oct 22: Falmouth Town 2-1 Helston Athletic (FA Vase)

Last five games – Laverstock & Ford:
Nov 19: Clevedon Town 3-2 Torpoint Athletic (League)
Nov 12: Barnstaple Town 1-0 Torpoint Athletic (League)
Nov 5: Torpoint Athletic 5-2 Sherborne Town (League)
Nov 1: Mousehole 3-2 Torpoint Athletic (League)
Oct 29: Welton Rovers 4-2 Torpoint Athletic (League)